During each legislative session, a Delegate is invited to deliver the Washington Day address on President's Day. I was honored to give the Washington Day Address this pastMonday and spoke about Washington's example to us all. You can hear what I said by clicking here. The speech starts around the 13th minute.
The full House has passed the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Extension Act (HB 230), which I authored. The Senate version of the bill has also passed that body. This is major progress for a bill this early in the legislative session. There is still work to do, but this is good news for legislation that will ensure Maryland remains in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, our regional cap and trade program for power plants.
Much of the work in Annapolis is done through committees. Unlike Capitol Hill and other state legislatures, each Delegate only serves on one of six legislative committees. I serve on the Appropriations Committee which has jurisdiction over the budget, as well as policy affecting state personnel and higher education. Because we only serve one one committee, the expectation is that we attend committee hearings unless our own bill is being heard elsewhere. If you watch a committee hearing in Annapolis, you will notice far more members in attendance than you see at most hearings on C-SPAN. My committee also does a lot of work in subcommittee, as we review the budget request for each state agency. You can read the analyses we use for each agency by visiting this website. As the non-partisan Department of Legislative Services releases the analyses, they will be posted.